Lifestyle Style Elizabeth Hurley's 1st Modeling Job Came 'Out of the Blue' — and Now Her Son Follows Her Footsteps Hurley is continuing her work as the Global Ambassador for The Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign By Nicholas Rice Nicholas Rice Instagram Twitter Associate Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 2, 2020 12:13 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Elizabeth Hurley's journey into the world of modeling didn't quite happen as many would think. While appearing in a segment on Thursday night's episode of PEOPLE (the TV show!), the 55-year-old actress said that working as a model was unexpected and happened to her "out of the blue." "I acted for years before I got my first modeling job," Elizabeth began, before noting that her first gig was with The Estée Lauder Companies at age 29. "I was an actress, not really a model," she said. But now, 26 years later, the model continues to work closely with the famed beauty company as its official The Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign global ambassador. Elizabeth Hurley Posts Funny Video of Ex Hugh Grant Dancing for His 60th Birthday The longtime role is bittersweet for Elizabeth, as her maternal grandmother died from breast cancer back in 1992. Asked by PEOPLE (the TV show!) host Kay Adams how proud her grandmother would be of her role and lasting partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies, Elizabeth says, "she would've been so proud." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories "I think about her often but I always think about her a great deal in October," she added, referring to the month in which awareness is raised for the illness. "It's really because of her I was so excited to join," she continued. Damian Hurley Stars Alongside Irina Shayk in a Steamy New Photo Shoot for Pat McGrath Labs Though Elizabeth has been modeling for quite some time now, she isn't the only one in her family who has been bit by the modeling bug. Her look-alike son, 18-year-old Damian Hurley, is just as comfortable in front of the camera as she is, proving that the apple truly doesn't fall far from the tree in their family. Elizabeth Hurley and son Damian. Damian Hurley/Instagram Damian, who has shown off his modeling skills many times on Instagram, recently signed with IMG Models — whose impressive roster includes the likes of Ashley Graham and Gisele Bündchen alongside Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid. "I'm incredibly excited to be joining IMG Models," Damian told WWD. "To become part of such a wonderful family is truly fantastic. I can’t wait to see what the future brings."